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2/23/16 – 4:52 A.M.

Ideas to upgrade recreational facilities in Findlay were talked about during a Monday meeting. Some of the long-term projects discussed at what was called a “recreation summit” included a second sheet of ice at The Cube, a field house, and eventually an indoor pool. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer tells the Courier the most consistent thing brought up is the need for another sheet of ice in the city.

No large recreation projects are likely to happen this year. That’s because they weren’t factored into the city’s long-term capital plan. Schmelzer says an ice rink project could possibly “cash-flow” itself because of the demand for ice time.

Some smaller projects could happen sooner, like adding electric outlets to ball diamond dugouts and putting fencing around soccer fields.

MORE: The Courier

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2/22/16 – 6:50 A.M.

If you thought Saturday felt like a nice spring day, you weren’t wrong. A record high for February 20 was set, as the temperature topped out at 68 degrees Saturday. That topped the former record of 67, which was set in 1930.

The Findlay Water Pollution Control Center keeps track of city’s weather records.

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2/22/16 – 6:45 A.M.

You’ll pay more at the gas pump for a second straight Monday. OhioGasPrices.com reports most Findlay stations are selling a gallon of regular for $1.65 today. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high of $1.79 a gallon.

In Ottawa, drivers report prices are at $1.64 a gallon, up 15 cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $1.68 for a gallon of regular, which is up 13 cents from last Monday.

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2/22/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A Fostoria home had to be torn down after it was damaged by a weekend fire. The Courier reports firefighters responded to a call at 151 East Fremont Street Friday afternoon, and they were called back around 6 a.m. Saturday. Fire Chief Kenneth Chapman tells the newspaper the home was “fully enveloped” in flames when crews arrived Saturday.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is not considered suspicious. The home was a rental property valued at $80,000.

Several pets were killed in the Friday fire, but all four family members escaped safely. They’re being helped by the American Red Cross.

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2/22/15 – 5:30 A.M.

The primary election is less than a month away and today we begin looking at some of the candidates and issues you’ll see on the local ballot. Today we start with Hancock County Commissioner candidate John Harrington.

Harrington has been vocal in his criticism of Incumbent Brian Robertson’s business practices during his campaign…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington did say he didn’t blame Robertson for using the tax incentive. He added he thought as a commissioner he should have attempted to find facilities in Hancock County.​

On the subject of flood control, Harrington says while the pace as been frustrating we need to stay the course…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Harrington adds he believes that includes funding for a mitigation project.

A half-percent sales tax will expire during the next four-year term. Harrington says he’d love to find a way to cut taxes, but doesn’t think it would work in this case…

AUDIO: John Harrington

Tomorrow’s profile will focus on Brian Robertson.

FULL INTERVIEW:

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2/22/16 – 5:20 A.M.

A two-car crash injured five people in Findlay Saturday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Crystal and East Melrose avenues around 1:10 p.m. 69-year-old Annette Dove was driving east on East Melrose Avenue when she ran a stop light and hit a van driven by 23-year-old Brittany Grer.

The five people taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital suffered minor injuries in the crash. Dove was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

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2/22/16 – 5:12 A.M.

A barn fire in Putnam County injured two people over the weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the blaze broke out near Continental early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to 2154 Putnam County Road 23 to fight the flames. They remained on scene until just after 2:30 a.m.

The two who were injured were not publicly identified. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The barn suffered moderate damage.

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2/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Saturday’s high winds turned a brush fire into a property fire near Vanlue. Firefighters were called to 20544 State Route 568 around 6:40 p.m. The flames from the brush fire spread to a 28-foot camper according to Vanlue Fire Chief Bill Drown.

Ten firefighters responded and were on scene for around an hour-and-a-half.

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2/22/16 – 4:58 A.M.

Chalk it up as another reason why you shouldn’t believe everything you read on social media – rumors about a rash of heroin overdoses in Findlay over the weekend turned out to be untrue. The posts in question said the police and the hospital were bracing for a “rough weekend.” It also said there were two fatal overdoses on Thursday. The Findlay Police Department reports both rumors were incorrect.

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